splashing


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splash

 (splăsh)
v. splashed, splash·ing, splash·es
v.tr.
1. To propel or scatter (a fluid) about in flying masses.
2. To scatter fluid onto (a surface) in flying masses; wet, stain, or soil with flying fluid.
3. To cause (something) to scatter fluid in flying masses: splashed their hands in the water.
4. To make (one's way) with or by the scattering of fluid.
5. To apply patches or spots of a contrasting, usually bright, color to: a floral pattern that was splashed with pink; moonlight splashing the deserted courtyard.
6. To display or publicize very noticeably: Their engagement was splashed all over the tabloids.
v.intr.
1.
a. To cause a fluid to scatter in flying masses: splashed about in the swimming pool.
b. To fall into or move through fluid with this effect: We splashed through the waves.
2.
a. To move, spill, or fly about in scattered masses: Whipped cream splashed onto the counter.
b. To produce a sound or sight associated with this effect.
n.
1. The act or sound of splashing: went for a splash in the lake; heard the splash of the fish being thrown back.
2.
a. A flying mass of fluid.
b. A small amount, especially of a fluid: a splash of liqueur on the cake.
3. A marking produced by or as if by scattered fluid: a splash of light.
4. A great though often short-lived impression; a stir: a publicity splash.
Phrasal Verb:
splash down
To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile.

[Probably alteration of plash.]

splash′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.splashing - the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surfacesplashing - the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
painting - the act of applying paint to a surface; "you can finish the job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush"
2.splashing - the act of scattering water about haphazardly
wetting - the act of making something wet
References in classic literature ?
HE was quite pleased when he looked out and saw large drops of rain, splashing in the pond--
All this mad dashing and splashing of the waters of the big ocean, which the mischievous wind caused without any good reason whatever, resulted in a terrible storm, and a storm on the ocean is liable to cut many queer pranks and do a lot of damage.
He heard too, not far behind him, a splashing in the water, which he could not explain to himself.
Levin had lifted his gun, but at the very instant when he was taking aim, the sound of splashing grew louder, came closer, and was joined with the sound of Veslovsky's voice, shouting something with strange loudness.
"And although I hear water splashing here like words of wisdom--that is to say, plenteously and unweariedly, I--want WINE!
Then once more the Friar bent his back, and, Robin having mounted upon it, he stepped sturdily into the water and so strode onward, splashing in the shoal, and breaking all the smooth surface into ever-widening rings.
Meantime, after much splashing, Robin had gotten to his feet and stood gazing about him all bewildered, the water running from him in pretty little rills.
The pace was suddenly checked, and, with much splashing and floundering, a man's voice called from the mist, "Is that the Dover mail?"
Just then she heard something splashing about in the pool a little way off, and she swam nearer to make out what it was: at first she thought it must be a walrus or hippopotamus, but then she remembered how small she was now, and she soon made out that it was only a mouse that had slipped in like herself.
The bed of the watercourse was covered with fragments of broken rocks, which had fallen from above, offering so many obstructions to the course of the rapid stream, which vexed and fretted about them,--forming at intervals small waterfalls, pouring over into deep basins, or splashing wildly upon heaps of stones.